News Roundup for November 26th, 2014

What, No Tsubasa Cat?

Hello Kitty Monogatari

The girls of Monogatari become fashion models for Sanrio in these new promotional illustrations. See the originals on display at the Hello Kitty diner in Shibuya from December 5th to December 25th.


From Story Board to Silver Screen

Contrary to popular belief, CG animation isn't done at the push of a button. You have to push many, many buttons. See how dedicated artisans expose their wrists to repetitive strain injury each and every day in this behind-the-scenes clip from Urobuchi Gen's latest film, Expelled from Paradise.

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That's No Animation Cel... IT'S A GUNPLAAAAA!

Animation cel Gunpla 2
Animation cel Gunpla

Modeler Mumumuno53 worked over an old-school 1/100 scale kit to get the same warped perspective as the original Mobile Suit Gundam anime and went the extra mile in recreating the show's trademark rough pencil lines. This work of genuis took the gold in the 17th All Japan Orazaku Championship sponsored by Hobby Japan. Mark my words: cel-shading is the future of modeling.


New and (Probably) Improved

Give your ship girls a boost when Kancolle Kai comes out for the PlayStation Vita next spring. Admirals will notice that the "Kai" in the title is the same used when modernizing crafts, but we'll have to wait and see what new features this entails.

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Christmas Card From Hell

Houzuki no Reitetsu Ichiban Kuji
Houzuki no Reitetsu Ichiban Kuji 2

Houzuki and his underlings wish you happy holidays from the underworld. These Ichibankuji prizes come out on December 27th , making them the perfect stocking stuffer... for New Year's Eve, anyway.

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Magic Shoes

Magic Knight Rayearth shoes

If you need to hoof around Cephiro you'll want footwear built to last. That's why otaku apparel maker Super Groupies is offering these Magic Knight Rayearth-inspired low heel shoes. Keep the gemstone on the instep polished and then you'll really shine!

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News Roundup for November 25th, 2014

Origin Story

Gundam: The Origin

Char's lifelong quest for revenge begins in the anime adaptation of Gundam: The Origin, the prequel manga that tells the back story of the One Year War. Blue-Eyed Casval, the first of the four part series, will premier in Japanese theaters on February 28th. The rest of us will have to wait for the Red Comet to come to Blu-ray.

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Metafiction Megastrucutre

Fans of Tsutomu Nihei's dystopian biometal future, let go of your nihilism for a moment and rejoice--Knights of Sidonia will be back with a compilation film on March 26th and a second season in April. Nihei's debut manga, BLAME! will also get an anime adaptation but we'll have to wait to see if it's a full-blown series or simply a show within a show.

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Busted Stitches

The latest music video, "tig-hug," from Vocaloid producer sasakure.UK peals back reality like the hide of a baseball to reveal the spooky glitched-out world beneath. Expect more chiptune-infused tracks like this along with vocals from GUMI, IA, Kasane Teto and lasah when his upcoming album Maka Maka Monomonoshii arrives on December 17th.

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Have Mugi-chan Hanging From Your Neck

KOn KORG keytar

Lead your own after school tea time with this KORG RK-100S keytar programmed with the music of K-On! They're limited to 300 pieces so order yours today if you're serious about jamming in an amateur ani-song cover band.

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Moe Department of Homeland Security

War comes home in Miritari!, the anime adaptation of a four-panel gag manga. Boring everyman Yano Souhei's peaceful life is shattered when Lieutenant Lutgalnikov and Second Lieutenant Haruka roll up to his house in a tank. Soon their military rival Sergeant Shachirof moves in next door and the domestic strife begins! Duck for cover when these five minute shorts hit in January.

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Sukiyaki Django Unchained

Animator Expo Carnage

The short films put out by the Japan Anima(tor)'s Exhibition program have proven to be the most visually interesting stuff we've seen all year. Tune in to Niconico Douga on November 28th when Akira Honma (The Sky Crawlers, Denno Coil, Evangelion: 3.0 You Can (Not) Redo) brings us back to the wild west with his blood-spattered offering, Carnage.

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Square Wheels

Yowamushi Pedal 8-bit

Your favorite members of the Hakone Academy Bicycle Club get shrunk down to 8-bit size in this new Yowamushi Pedal t-shirt from Akita Shoten. Just goes to show you that Arakita's mouth looks ginormous at any resolution.

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Meet Wake Up,Girls! at Akihabara GAMERS

Wake Up, Girls! standee

Watch out Akihabara, there's a new idol unit in town! The members of Wake Up, Girls! have taken over GAMERS but their talent agency is as strict as ever--we weren't allowed to take photos of the autographs, stage costumes or stills from the show. Guess that means you'll just have to go see for yourself! Luckily GAMERS isn't the only place the girls are performing at.

The nearby SEGA arcade is also running a WUG promotion! Mayu Shimada takes center stage with her very own prize figure. She's the main character so I know it can't be helped but I hope they shift focus to other members next. Say, Nanami-chan for instance...

BONUS! GAMERS is also running a mini-corner to celebrate the upcoming Blu-ray/DVD release of Shirobako. What I expected to be another slice-of-life gag fest turned out be a surprisingly somber backstage look at how the anime industry actually functions--or fails to function. It's in my Top 5 this season so if you were on the fence, give it a look! 

Event dates: November 15th-December 14th
Address: 1-14-7 Soto Kanda, Chiyoda-ku Tokyo Takarada Building 4F
Hours: 10:00-21:00
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Event: Gunpla Expo - PG 1/60 RX-0 Unicorn Gundam Preview

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Hey there, Shizu Mecha here. Perhaps one of the biggest announcements from this year's GunPla Expo was that of the first PG (Perfect Grade) model in 4 years--the PG 1/60 RX-0 Unicorn Gundam! To celebrate here are more photos of it then you ever knew you wanted!

 PG (Perfect Grade) model in 4 years--the PG 1/60 RX-0 Unicorn Gundam [Bandai]

Unicorn Mode

In this basic mode the Psychoframe is completely hidden but the sheer mass of the bazooka more than makes up for it!

Destroy Mode

Part of what makes the PG series so amazing is that transforming to Destroy mode doesn't affect poseability whatsoever. With the help of magnets the helmet's horn also opens and closes seamlessly.

Destroy Unchained Mode

Series creator Harutoshi Fukui worked with Bandai extensively to bring this third transformation to life! With the Psychoframe this exposed the Unicorn looks downright devastating!


 PG (Perfect Grade) model in 4 years--the PG 1/60 RX-0 Unicorn Gundam [Bandai]

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